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McConnell sends nine to Women in Aviation conference

Capt. Rachel Quirarte, 349th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, Major Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs deputy chief, Lt. Col. Jasmin Silence, 350th Air Refueling Squadron commander, and Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, boom operator, stand in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker at McConnell Air Force Base. They were among nine from McConnell who attended last week’s Women in Aviation International Conference.
Capt. Rachel Quirarte, 349th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, Major Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs deputy chief, Lt. Col. Jasmin Silence, 350th Air Refueling Squadron commander, and Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, boom operator, stand in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker at McConnell Air Force Base. They were among nine from McConnell who attended last week’s Women in Aviation International Conference. Courtesy

Wichita was well represented at last week’s Women in Aviation International Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Three members from the WAI Air Capital City Chapter attended as did nine airmen from McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita.

“This [conference] was a chance to highlight our qualified and diverse aircrews to the outside world,” said Major Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing plans and programs deputy chief, said in a news release this week from McConnell. “We have an opportunity to encourage young talented women interested in aviation to join the Air Force.”

Jones also is a member of the Air Capital City Chapter. The group from McConnell included women pilots, navigators, boom operators and air traffic controllers, according to the release.

The three-day conference was attended by 4,500 people from 19 countries and 165 exhibitors.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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